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  • The economy as measured by gross domestic product expanded at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. There's been a lot of reports in the news, stock markets swinging, worries about China and about Europe, "Obama said during a tour of New Orleans to see rebuilding efforts since Hurricane Katrina 10...

  • MIAMI, Aug 26- A tropical storm watch was extended to the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas on Wednesday as Erika, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, closed in on the Eastern Caribbean and appeared to be heading for Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Erika strengthened slightly on Wednesday and could reach hurricane status...

  • MIAMI, Aug 26- Tropical storm warnings were in effect on Wednesday for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as Erika, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, closed in on the Eastern Caribbean and appeared to be heading for Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Erika strengthened slightly overnight and could reach hurricane status over...

  • The nasty truth about stopping '100-year storms' Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 11:29 AM ET
    The reinforced levee stands in the Lower Ninth Ward, on July 22, 2015, in New Orleans.

    The New Orleans levees are better than they were when Katrina struck, but preparing for hurricanes is riddled with uncertainty.

  • WARSAW, Poland— Poland will pay more than 500 million zlotys in compensation to the thousands of farmers who have lost crops and fodder because of drought and unusually high temperatures, the agriculture minister said Tuesday. That brought river and groundwater levels down and restricted navigation on Europe's second largest river, the Danube in Romania, and...

  • NEW ORLEANS— With the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaching, Wal-Mart is announcing a $25 million, five-year commitment to support disaster recovery efforts around the world. The corporation and its charitable foundation announced the plans Friday in New Orleans, part of more than a week's worth of observances in the city and along the Gulf Coast.

  • *Experts says China has regulations, not always enforced. HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, Aug 21- Several warnings preceded the deadly blasts at the Chinese port of Tianjin, including a state-backed research paper highlighting the risk of "grave accidents and casualties" in the chemicals sector and an explosion in another city blamed on lax safety controls.

  • ST. PETERSBURG, Russia— A Russian court on Monday awarded symbolic damages of one ruble to a former "Kremlin troll" who sued her ex-employer and demanded closure of what she describes as a "factory" that has been churning out Internet propaganda defending President Vladimir Putin. In an interview in April, Lyudmila Savchuk told The Associated Press how she and...

  • Magnitude 4.0 earthquake near San Francisco Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 10:47 AM ET
    The San Francisco Bay Area attracts some of the nation's top technology talent.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck a mile north of Piedmont, California, at 6:49 a.m. PDT.

  • *Legal woes cloud restart of Japan's nuclear industry. IWAKI, Japan, Aug 17- Four and a half years after the Fukushima disaster, and as Japan tentatively restarts nuclear power elsewhere, the legal challenges are mounting for the crippled plant's operator. Rather, the cases could further increase opposition to nuclear restarts- which consistently beats support...

  • *Legal woes cloud restart of Japan's nuclear industry. IWAKI, Japan, Aug 17- Four and a half years after the Fukushima disaster, and as Japan tentatively restarts nuclear power elsewhere, the legal challenges are mounting for the crippled plant's operator. Rather, the cases could further increase opposition to nuclear restarts- which consistently beats support...

  • The universe is dying—but you shouldn't panic yet Saturday, 15 Aug 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Big Bang Theory

    A new study confirmed something researchers have suspected for decades: The stars that populate our universe are burning themselves out.

  • Can Fukushima evacuees ever go home again? Saturday, 8 Aug 2015 | 5:02 PM ET

    Some Japanese evacuees have cheered the chance to return to Fukushima, but many more have rejected it, The NY Times reports.

  • NEW YORK, July 17- Japanese insurers including MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings Inc and Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc are seeking mergers with peers in the United States, as a declining population at home forces them to pursue markets that are growing overseas. Property and casualty insurers are particularly hungry for non-domestic acquisitions...

  • July 15- The U.S. Department of Agriculture named several Puerto Rico municipalities natural disaster areas on Wednesday, giving them access to emergency loans to make up for losses of crops and livestock as a result of the recent drought. The drought is another blow to Puerto Rico as it struggles to restructure $72 billion in debt. Caguas, Gurabo, Juncos and San...

  • NEW ORLEANS, July 14- Signal International will pay $20 million to settle lawsuits alleging fraud and labor trafficking by the Alabama oil rig repair company, which brought hundreds of Indian men to work on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, attorneys for the plaintiffs said on Tuesday. "These workers have waited seven long years for justice," Jim Knoepp,...

  • MEXICO CITY, July 14- Hurricane Dolores strengthened slightly off Mexico's Pacific coast on Tuesday and is expected to become a major hurricane on Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. In June, Hurricane Blanca threatened to hit land on Mexico's Baja California peninsula but failed to wreak the havoc caused there by Hurricane Odile in September.

  • BANGKOK, July 13- Thailand's rice export association lowered its annual target from 10 million to 9.5 million tonnes on Monday, due to a slowdown in the global economy and fears that drought in Thailand could slash output for the year. Chukiat Opaswong, honorary president of the Thai Rice Exporters Association, said Thailand would face a tougher export market...

  • SUPHAN BURI, Thailand, July 10- Farmers in Thailand's rice-growing Suphan Buri province are becoming increasingly desperate for water to irrigate their parched fields as the nation, a leading producer of the staple food, suffers its worst drought in more than a decade. The wet season is under way, but Thailand is contending with drought conditions in seven out of...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state's highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential lawsuits against the state's energy companies. Oklahoma, home to major energy companies including Chesapeake Energy Corp., Devon Energy Corp., and...